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UTV Trailer Guidelines

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A utility terrain vehicle (UTV) is equipped to handle off-road tasks that a full-sized vehicle cannot handle. After adding a UTV to your vehicle lineup, you may want to purchase a trailer and onboarding ramp to use while hauling your UTV.

Trailer Height And Weight Load

Your new UTV trailer should be a height that is comparable to the bed of your truck. Many auto dealers may sell UTV trailer models that do not come with an onboarding ramp. When viewing trailers at an auto dealer, configure the distance that each trailer bed is from the ground. Afterward, you will be able to purchase an onboarding ramp that is long enough to reach the backend of the trailer that you select.

The weight load of a trailer will determine if you can haul one or more vehicles. If you chose to purchase a couple of UTVs or one UTV and a separate ATV, you will need to buy a heavy-duty trailer model that can hold the combined weight of the vehicles.

Covered Versus Uncovered Models

A covered trailer will provide protection from theft and the elements. If you invested in a pricey UTV that you are going to rely upon to handle most of your workload, having access to a covered trailer will adequately protect your investment. Trailers that are covered will contain a back door that either rolls upward or opens outward. The doorway to a trailer will support the attachment of an onboarding ramp.

While your UTV is safely stored inside of a covered trailer, the onboarding ramp can also be stored within the trailer. An uncovered model will provide adequate space for a UTV but may require that you use a tarping system to protect your UTV while it is being transported. The use of bungee cords will keep your UTV stabilized while it is being towed.

Registration And Tags

Your trailer will be an extension of your vehicle and will need to be clearly identified while you are en route to a destination. A UTV trailer will need to be registered and must have a license tag secured to the back of it. You can register your trailer through a local branch of the DMV. A trailer should be compliant with road regulations that a normal vehicle would need to satisfy.

For instance, there should be no obstructions that would prevent you from seeing out of your rearview mirror. Additionally, your trailer should be equipped with taillights. The lights will alert other motorists when you are braking or are going to make a turn onto another road.